Nova Scotians may want to enjoy the balmy weather while they can as temperatures are expected to make a quick turn from record-highs to below normal cold within a 12-hour period.

Today, News 95.7′s guaranteed high is 11 degrees, which would set a new record for this day in history. The previous record of 8.3 degrees was set on Jan. 31, 1974.

“We’ve got another good 12 hours of this weather before the temperatures start to fall,” meteorologist Richard Zurawski said early Thursday.

Zurawski said today’s rain, with wind gusts of 80 to 90 km/h, will be followed by a cold front.

“Overnight, the winds will back off and the cold front will come through,” he said. “We’re getting much colder temperatures. In fact, it’s going to be colder than normal. We’re going from record heat to colder than normal temperatures all in the space of about 12 hours.”

The dramatic shift in weather is happening just ahead of Groundhog Day when meteorologists and furry prognosticators will predict whether Canada can expect an early spring, or a prolonged winter.